The second coming of the robot pet — Wired

Robotics startups are rolling out more and more companion bots, designed for the sole purpose of friendship, writes Arielle Pardes. Here is the link:

Augean Robotics raises $1.5M

Augean Robotics has raised a $1.5 million seed funding round.

Flir acquires Endeavor Robotics for $385 million

Flir Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeavor Robotics from Arlington Capital Partners for $385 million in cash.

Four-legged walking robot is smaller than an ant’s face – IEEE Spectrum

The microrobot measures 2.5 mm x 1.6 mm x 0.7 mm, writes Evan Ackerman. Here is the link:

SoftBank alumni launches robot companion designed to love humans — CNBC

Groove X, founded by an ex-SoftBank employee, has opened pre-orders for its robot pet “Lovot", writes Chloe Taylor. Here is the link:

Kroger launches unmanned delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ

Kroger is launching an unmanned delivery service, available to the general public (to the general public in Scottsdale, Arizona, only for now; but nonetheless), in association with Nuro, a...

AI humanoid ‘Sophia’ is granted first ever robot visa, speaks with president — Forbes

The AI humanoid, 'Sophia', has been making a worldwide tour on behalf of her creator, Hanson Robotics of Hong Kong, writes Paul Armstrong. Here is the link:

ABB investing $150 million in new China robotics factory; where robots make robots

ABB is investing $150 million in Shanghai, China to build an automated and flexible robotics factory; where robots make robots. The factory is expected to begin operating by the end of 2020.

Alibaba A.I. Labs launches hospitality robot

Alibaba A.I. Labs, the department leading consumer AI product development at Alibaba, is launching service robots for the hospitality sector starting in October. 

Machines will do more tasks than humans by 2025, but expect 58 million net...

The world is going through a workplace revolution that will bring a seismic shift in the way humans work alongside machines and algorithms, according to new research by the World Economic Forum.

Honeywell, Carnegie Mellon developing supply chain robotics and AI solutions

Honeywell has inked a strategic collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to work on artificial intelligence and robotic technologies.

More than 6m workers fear being replaced by machines – The Guardian

More than six million workers are worried their jobs could be replaced by machines over the next decade, according to a report urging trade unions and the government to provide more...

Embodied raises $22 million

Pasadena, California-based artificial intelligence and robotics company Embodied has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round.

Chinese robotics company Ubtech raises $820 million

Humanoid robots company Ubtech Robotics has completed a Series C investment totaling $820 million, with a market valuation of $5 billion.

Endeavor Robotics wins $10M Marine Corps robots contract

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $10 million contract to Endeavor Robotics for the company's FirstLook robots.